Preview for A Bold And Not-So-Beautiful Experiment
So I was going to wait till I got a few weeks of episodes under my belt, but there were just too many awesome things in this last batch of episodes to keep mum. I am making an attempt at picking up The Bold and the Beautiful, which I have not watched since the eighties. Obviously as the soaps are disappearing one-by-one (or two), it's worth it to find new ones to keep the genre alive (if such a thing can occur). Obviously I don't have the history with B&B that would make me a perfect candidate to cover it, but I will certainly try. And I'm kind of looking forward to you wonderful readers filling me in on years of backstory and linking me to sites that cover all the ugly details, if any of you are so inclined.
Among the reasons I chose B&B instead of another show: I used to watch it. Literally from the very first episode. Also, it's only a half hour, so probably a lot easier to catch up on and watch in marathon form. I'm also told Scott Clifton, Rick Hearst, Andrea Evans, and Jack Wagner are on it, and that works for me, though from what I've seen they don't exactly eat up screentime. In fact, I have yet to see some of them at all. (So, uh, Rick Hearst's character is really named Whipple? This is what people actually call him?) I also mistakenly thought Ian Buchanan was still on it, but apparently that ended years ago. I am psyched that Alley Mills is on the show; I had no idea!
Among the reasons I'm frightened of taking on B&B: soaps are personal. Viewers are hardcore. I will make fun of things that I have no right to, and I will get things wrong regularly. And I will be confused all the time.
So I guess my point is, use the comments below to talk about whether you'd enjoy a B&B presence here at Serial Drama. And remember, correct me as much as necessary, I welcome it! While it's clearly true that Serial Drama is responsible for the fact that Mallory, Becca, and I are all fabulously wealthy and world-famous (obviously), we don't have fact-checkers.
Okay, first of all, Hunter Tylo's upper lip is its own character on this show. I suspected as much before jumping in, but it's truly frightening. Also, is Heather Tom angry that she's on another show where a major female character does the nasty with her stepson? Or jealous that it's not her character? How many times has Ridge been married to Brooke, and how many times has he been married to Taylor? And how many collective children do they all have? There must be a lot of incest on this show, right? If I recall correctly, the last time I watched this show, none of them had any children at all. Are any of them long-losts or just products of the SORAS? (Sure, I know this is all available on the internet. I'll get to it, but I also know it's fun to introduce people to your show... so feel free!)
Speaking of the last time I watched this show, other than the fact that the actors have aged, the look of the show hasn't changed a bit. I'm pretty sure in B&B's Southern California, it's definitely still 1989. There are a lot of new characters, but I'm impressed with how many have stuck around. Ridge, Brooke, Taylor, Thorne, Eric, Stephanie, and they do all seem to be central to this day. Is that fair, or has this plane crash storyline not really been representative of the typically major players?
I am loving the daytime love scenes. They're totally old school with the slow-motion and the horns and the jump-cuts to various pieces of clothing being removed. And seriously, Brooke stranded on the island with her ripped dress exposing her black bra and undies is about the old-school soapiest imagery you can get.
And the special effects? Well...
Love it. Love it.
And I am sure that message boards all over the internet lit up with this one so I'm way late to the party, and correct me if I'm wrong, but is this a visible cue card??!!
Because if it is, that is amazing.
That's all I got. For now. Should we keep going?